I hope you're keeping well and have had a fantastic start to the week!
It's been a busy few weeks and thought I'd write about going on a Freediving Course - in announcing the course dates, I got a few questions about what to expect and whats expected of you, so with that, let's tuck in!
Do I have to know how to swim?
Yes you do need to be able to swim, not olympic but know :)
Do I need to be able to hold my breath for long?
No, you learn about breath hold in the course and from there we can go from a relatively short breath hold to a longer hold, in comfort.
Will we be be entering the deeper waters by shore or by boat?
Shore entry, in both Johannesburg and Cape Town we dive in a quarry so just walk in and out.
I only know how to swim in a pool, is this sufficient?
Thats all you need :)
I don't own any gear
I am able to lease gear for you, the gear includes a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and weight belt.
What is the maximum number of people on the course?
My courses are a maximum of 4 people as it allows for good social distancing but also attention to all individual needs.
Is there an exam?
Yes, there is an exam that you write at the end of your theory session.
What can I do with the course certification?
Like with Scuba Diving where you will be required to show your certification before you get on a boat to go Scuba Dicing, Freediving gives ease to those you are going diving with in whichever destination that you are, that
1. You know what you are doing
2. Are conversant with Freediving safety practices and rescue
3. Allows ease to those around you.
Freediving is a personal journey and the course certification is always first for self but also gives assurance to those you are Freediving with.
What gear would you recommend I purchase if I want to have my own stuff?
First thing to own always, is your own mask and snorkel. These 2 things are super important - if you can, fit your mask before you buy it, read more on this here, and then fins, then the wetsuit, and then a belt (you don't really need weights as you can lease these anywhere you go)
You haven't mentioned my area in the dates provided.
Inbox me, I may be coming past your coastal town soon :)
I hope these questions help to answer some of the questions you may have about Freediving!
In the mean time! We have had 2 phenomenal Instagram lives, with amazing humans! Listen in!
Chrissana Wilmot is Trinidadian-born, Jamaica-based surfer. A water baby by nature and environmental scientist by profession, She’s had the pleasure of calling several Caribbean Islands “home”, each one holding their own special place in her heart.
When she’s not collaborating and brainstorming ideas with her favourite non profit organisations and brands, she’s sharing waves and finding adventure with her surf rasta and partner in life, Icah.
Listen to this phenomenal live here
This is our first live with a water human who started a Scuba Diving business and we’re talking the business side! I’m so excited!
Afro Divers was born after the ocean bit Otsile Molusi and gave him a passion for the underwater experience. His desire to see more Africans and POC open up to diving lead him to starting up Afro Divers. And the vision was to make black people experiencing the underwater world a less foreign idea. Something for everyone!
Yes friends, it’s a black owned Scuba Diving business, Listen to this amazing live here.
Have a stunner week!